Panaji: The future of Sanjivani sugar mill has not been decided yet. Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said that non-operation of mill’s crushing season is a big setback for the sugarcane farmers who cultivate the crop on 900-hectare area.
He had sent a letter to Goa CM Pramod Sawant, in which he stated that government’s move to cancel the crushing of sugarcane has sent a signal that it plans to completely shut down the lone sugar factory in the state.
The factory is facing financial trouble due to a lack of adequate supply of cane. The farmers and employees from the mill are against shutting it. The mill has registered a loss of Rs 101.22 crore due to unavailability of sugarcane and various reason. The government made sure that sugarcane produced by farmers will be bought at the market price. State chief minister Pramod Sawant had assured farmers that those who produce sugarcane this season would not incur any loss. The government will purchase their sugarcane and supply it to the sugar mills in other states, besides providing support price to these farmers.
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